Thursday6 BAKE AND DECORATE VALENTINE COOKIES, ages 5-10, call to register for program 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Class, $6; supply fee, $5. 703-430-6673.

PAJAMA DAY CAMP, grades K-5, call to register by Feb. 14 for camp 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 17, Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Bring bag lunch and beverage. $50. 703-430-6673.

URBAN TREE CARE WORKSHOP, for tree care workers, landscape professionals, municipality officials and others interested in tree issues Feb. 20, 27 and March 6, Rust Sanctuary, 804 Childrens Center Rd., Leesburg. $75, includes materials and lunch. To register, call 703-777-0373.

CALL FOR MODELS, Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center and American Girl Fashion Show Committee seek female models for fashion show March 29-30 at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg. 703-443-1787 or

MISS LOUDOUN COUNTY PAGEANT, Purcellville Lions Club seeks contestants for event March 15. Ninth-grade minimum, no older than 21. Applications due March 1. Rebecca, 703-421-4034.

FLOWER ESSENCES, call to register for program 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Gardens of Delight, Route 9, Paeonian Springs (next to Waterford Texaco). $45. 540-882-9113.

HORTICULTURAL SYMPOSIUM, "Gardens of Desire," call to register by Feb. 17 for program Feb. 27, Notre Dame Academy, Middleburg. Sponsored by Fauquier and Loudoun garden clubs. Lectures on garden design, plant selection and vegetable gardening. Register before Feb. 10, $80; afterward, $85. 540-687-6940.

SOCIAL/BALLROOM DANCE, call to register for classes beginning Feb. 21. New Millennium, level 1, 7-8 p.m.; Latin Potpourri, level 1, 8 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $30, four sessions. 703-406-7894.

PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW, 55 and older, call to register for three-day, two-night trip March 6-8. Sponsored by Loudoun County Senior Center and its advisory board. Seats limited. Members, $230; nonmembers, $250. Includes transportation, double occupancy at Ramada Inn with continental breakfasts, ticket to flower show, one dinner, two shows, Amish area tour with guide and two country-style lunches. 703-430-2397.

NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS, students must apply by March 15. Previous recipients and applicants encouraged to reapply. Selection criteria include current acceptance into an accredited nursing program, financial need and academic performance. Forms available at Loudoun Hospital Center gift shop, Loudoun Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Twice Is Nice Thrift Shop. Sarah Potts, 540-338-7329.

CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY, Loudoun residents 19 and older, call to register for 10-week session 7-9:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 19, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, Ashburn. Sheriff's Office provides tours of Adult Detention Center and Emergency Operations Center and conducts training classes in law enforcement. Firearms training at range off Route 50. 703-777-0407.

DECORATIVE PAINTING, workshops 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 22-23, Franklin Park Round Hill Center, 20 High St. Bring a piece of furniture and transform it from drab to fab. Supplies included. $70, per weekend. To register, call 540-338-7973.

SPACE EXPLORERS, ages 3-6, 9:30-11 a.m. or 12:30-2 p.m. today, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Learn about stars and planets through activities and crafts. Preregister. $9. 703-44-1275.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION, "Georgiana" by Amanda Foreman, 9:30 a.m. today, Lovettsville Library, 12 North Light St. 540-822-5824.

ROAD RUNNERS, trail runs, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Loudoun County High School, 415 Dry Mill Rd., Leesburg. Bring water. 703-771-6927.

BINGO, benefits local charities, 7:30 p.m., Sterling Ruritan Club, 183 Ruritan Rd. 703-444-6039.

"MOM'S MORNING OUT," enjoy a morning with your child or use the time to run errands. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Douglass Community Center, 407 E. Market St., Leesburg. $35 for five sessions. Registration required. 703-771-5913.

SENIOR CENTER POKER, 55 and older, 1:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Center members, free; nonmembers, $1. 703-430-2397.

ROUND HILL SMOKE-FREE BINGO, sponsored by Round Hill Volunteer Fire Department, doors open at 5 p.m., early-bird games 6:45 p.m., at the department, Route 719 North. Accessible to disabled.

Friday7 MULTICULTURAL NIGHT, sponsored by Sully Elementary School PTO, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the school, 300 Circle Dr., Sterling. Entertainment includes Panmasters Orchestra and Lauren Smallwood of By Chanz. School families and students perform. Families asked to bring a dish from their native country. 703-444-7470.

WINTER BRAMBLES CONFERENCE, sponsored by North American Bramble Growers Association and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Feb. 7-8, Holiday Inn at Carradoc Hall, East Market Street, Leesburg. Subjects critical to production of bramble fruit (blackberry and raspberry). For information and registration, call 703-737-8978.

AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, all sewing enthusiasts welcome, 10 a.m.-noon first Fridays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-369-2856.

NATURE TIMES TWO, ages 3-5 with a parent, 10-11 a.m. Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Nature stories, games, crafts, an outdoor activity. No older siblings. Preregister. $6. 703-703-444-1275.

KNITTING/CROCHETING, county-sponsored, with Judy Hayes. Make items for families at the homeless shelter, Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House, Loudoun Hospital Center and long-term care unit at Loudoun Hospital, 10 a.m.-noon Fridays, Loudoun County Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Group seeks donations of crochet hooks, sizes F through J, and four-ply acrylic yarn. 703-430-2397.

Saturday8 THEATRICAL PROGRAM, "The Threads of Time, The Fabric of History," in celebration of Black History month, 2 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Join volunteer models and readers for a dramatic reading and fashion show, with author Rosemary E. Reed Miller. Open discussion and book signing afterward. Refreshments. 703-737-8655.

LOUDOUN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY, "Birding Banshee," bring binoculars, 8 a.m., Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, The Woods Road, south of Leesburg. 540-554-2542 or

BASKET WEAVING, beginners and experienced weavers, Lynne Track, 1-5 p.m., Loudoun Academy of the Arts, 222 South King St., Leesburg. $65, includes supplies. 703-777-8043.

INDOOR FLEA MARKET, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sterling Community Center Annex, 1115 W. Church Rd. Free admission. 703-430-6673.

WINTER LECTURE SERIES, "Orchids," 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., State Arboretum of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm, Route 50, 4 1/2 miles west of the Shenandoah. Members, $15; nonmembers, $18. Reservations. 540-837-1758.

CHILD SAFETY SEAT INSTALLATION CHECK, sponsored by Community Services Section of Leesburg Police Department, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza St. Free. 703-771-4500.

LEARN SCRAPBOOKING, hands-on workshop with Lorna Davis, 10 a.m. Saturday, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 10 a.m. March 8, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Participants create an album page. Bring four to six photos of a single occasion or event. Preregister by calling branch library.

MIDDLEBURG STORY TIME, ages 4-6, Saturdays, 10 a.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. 540-687-5730.

ROAD RUNNERS, meet at 8 a.m., Starbucks, 531 E. Market St., Leesburg. Stay for coffee after the run. 703-737-6642 or visit

LUCKETTS RURITAN TRASH, RECYCLING, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Lucketts Elementary School, 14550 James Monroe Hwy. Donation of $3 per household requested. 703-777-8544.

HILLSBORO RURITAN TRASH DROP-OFF, to benefit schools and rescue squads, 8-11 a.m. Saturdays, Loudoun Valley High School, 340 N. Maple Ave., Purcellville. $1 per sealed bag, 30-gallon maximum. 540-668-6749.

Sunday9 FELTING WORKSHOP, sponsored by Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers Association, with fiber artist Wendy Weibe of Fine Felt Farm, 1-3 p.m., Sykes Hall, Loudoun County Fairgrounds, Dry Mill Road near Leesburg. Participants introduced to tools and techniques for most types of felting. Bring fiber or purchase locally grown wool fiber there. Materials fee, $5. Preregister. 703-777-7640.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 a.m.-noon, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 20688 Ashburn Rd. $6, ages 9-64; $5, 65 and older; $3, 2-8. 703-729-0006.

VIEWING/DISCUSSION SERIES, adults, "Presidents, Politics and Power: American Presidents Who Shaped the 20th Century," with Harry Butowsky, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 and 23, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. Sponsored by Irwin Uran Gift Fund. 703-777-0323.

LOUDOUN CHORALE REHEARSAL, "Tenebrae Responses for Holy Saturday" by Don Carlo Gesualdo and "Musikalische Exequien" by Heinrich Schutz, 6 p.m. Sundays, Leesburg Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Market St. New members welcome. Call Jean Demyttenaere, 540-554-8594.

LOUDOUN WALKING CLUB, group walk around Leesburg, meet at 1 p.m., South Street Under Deli at Market Station, Harrison and South streets, Leesburg. Six miles for IVV credit ($3) or walk for free. 703-737-2175.

ONE-ON-ONE INTERNET, classes, 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun Regional Library, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling; 7-9 p.m. Mondays and 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg; call for times and dates at Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. and Sterling Library, 120 Enterprise St. Free.

ROAD RUNNERS, meet at 1 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-779-0078 or

Monday10 TAX HELP, sponsored by county Area Agency on Aging, 55 and older, volunteers help with preparation of 1040, 1040-A and 1040-EZ forms and state and local forms. Open through April 10: 1-4 p.m. Mondays, Board of Supervisors' Office, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg, and Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St.; 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, South Riding Town Hall; 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Purcellville Library; 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, Area Agency on Aging Office, Leesburg; Volunteers available 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 8 and 22, Loudoun Senior Center, 21030 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Free. For an appointment, call 703-777-0257.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION, "Breaking New Boundaries: Finding Their Way," 7 p.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. First book in the series: "Undaunted Courage: Meriweather Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West" by Stephen Ambrose. 540-687-5730.

DANCE AEROBICS, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sully Elementary School, 300 Circle Dr., Sterling. $55, 12 sessions. 703-430-9480.

PURCELLVILLE PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION, 7 p.m. second Mondays, Purcellville Train Station, 21st Street 540-338-9336 or

FROGSHACKLE NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE, all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult, 10 a.m.-noon, Claude Moore Park, 21544 Cascades Pkwy., Sterling. Free. 703-444-1275.

ASHBURN RURITAN, dinner meeting with guest speaker, new members welcome, 7 p.m. second Mondays, United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr., Ashburn. 703-729-0830.

SKETCH CLUB, still-life workshop, teaching videos, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first and third Mondays, bring bag lunch, Round Hill Center, 20 High St. 540-338-2103.

SENIOR CENTER DUPLICATE BRIDGE, 55 and older, sanctioned game, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays; 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, Loudoun Senior Center, 21060 Whitfield Pl., Sterling. Center members, free; nonmembers, $1. 703-430-2397.

RECYCLING DROP-OFF, newspapers, glass bottles and jars, aluminum and steel food and beverage cans, plastic bottles, cardboard and paperboard. 8 a.m.-dusk Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Park View High School, 400 W. Laurel Ave., Sterling. 703-771-5318.

FEELIN' GOOD EXERCISE, county-sponsored, for senior adults, low-impact exercise, 8-8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Loudoun Valley Community Center, 320 W. School St., Purcellville. $36, 12 sessions. 540-338-4122.

DANCE AND TONE, all ages, improve endurance and strength with 30 minutes of choreographed exercise and 30 minutes of floor work. Sponsored by Loudoun County YMCA. 7-8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, 13266 Taylorstown Rd., Taylorstown; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Hillsboro's Old Stone School, Route 9. Child care available. Fees based on number of classes signed up for each week. 703-777-9622.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION, 6 and older, stories and games with Helen Carr, test your knowledge and win a prize, 3 p.m., Middleburg Library, 101 Reed St. 540-687-5730.

AFRICAN STORIES COME TO LIFE, 6 and older, a sharing of African stories, poems and folklore with a short film, 4 p.m., Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-777-0323.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE, "Members Meeting," members choose topics, 7:30 p.m., Thomas Balch Library, 280 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-737-7195.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION, "Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by Dave Eggers, 7 p.m., Purcellville Library, 220 E. Main St. Sponsored by Purcellville Library Advisory Board. 540-338-7235.

NARFE, Loudoun Chapter 113, 11:30 a.m., Thomas Balch Library, 208 W. Market St., Leesburg. William Fralin on health care decision-making. Active and retired federal workers and spouses welcome. 703-858-5847.

LOUDOUN KNITTERS, new members welcome, 6:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-1383.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE, 7-9 p.m. each Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 11-April 30, Ashburn United Methodist Church, 43454 Crossroads Dr. Child care available. $15, course. 703-819-0846.

OATLANDS POTTING SHED, "Basic Gardening," with Donna Williamson, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 25, Oatlands Carriage House, Route 15, six miles south of Leesburg. Members, $62.50; nonmembers, $70. Preregister. 703-777-3174.

ASHBURN-STERLING TOASTMASTERS, 7-9 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Eastern Loudoun script, pick an acting role and read aloud. Simple backdrops, costumes and props. New play performed each week. Preregister. 703-444-3228, Ext. 309.

LEESBURG HOST LIONS, 6 p.m. social gathering, 6:30 p.m. dinner, first and third Wednesdays, Laurel Brigade Inn, West Market Street, Leesburg. 703-777-2309.

-- Compiled by Sandy Mauck

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